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Glass Fibers

German composite specialist INVENT collaborates in SUSTAINair for increased aircraft circularity

Three-and-a-half-year, 11-partner EU project will include metals and composites spanning design, manufacturing, maintenance, repair, assembly and recycling.

Defense

Bell starts operations at new Manufacturing Technology Center

Composites and metals manufacturing, automation, additive manufacturing and metrology will be undergirded by digital connectivity and digital twin to support affordable production of future vertical lift aircraft.

Plataine, SAP partner to integrate software for holistic digital manufacturing solution

Plataine to leverage SAP Manufacturing Execution and help both enterprise and midsize manufacturing clients accelerate digital transformation, improve productivity and reduce costs.

Aerospace

ENLIGHTEN program launched to speed thermoplastic composites industrialization

Multi-scale modeling, testing, sensors and machine learning will advance understanding and algorithms to achieve process control and optimization for both aerospace and automotive supply chains.

Lectra enters into an MoU to acquire Gerber Technology

The strategic combination will accelerate development of Industry 4.0 technologies, and maintain an installed base of product development software and automated cutting solutions.

Additive Manufacturing

Orbital Composites to demonstrate containerized 3D printing robots for AM wind blade manufacture

Project aims to demonstrate additive manufacturing of >100-meter-long composite wind blades with >25% reduced cost.

Plataine earns patent grant for manufacturing optimization using digital thread technology

Plataine’s newly patented, software-based technology creates a virtual replica of the factory floor in real time for a comprehensive searchable production record.

Plataine AI Manufacturing Optimization Software to generate 5% material savings for Kineco-Kaman

Application of Plataine FabricOptimizer and Total Process Optimization modular suite to enhance automation of kitting and sorting processes, resource savings, quality control.

Additive Manufacturing

Smart Slice simulation software now available from Dynamism

3D printing solutions provider Dynamism now offers optimization plugin Smart Slice from Teton Simulation.

Additive Manufacturing

Enhanced Digimat software offers improved composite 3D printing simulation capabilities

Manufacturers are able to analyze the production cost of polymer-based AM parts against conventional processes and validate composite microstructures via CT scanning.

Siemens Simcenter 3D addresses complex engineering challenges

The 2021 software release offers new simulation types, refinements in accuracy and enhanced performance speed for improved simulation efficiency.

Testing

Clean Sky 2 SHERLOC project advances SHM for composites

New video shows goals, framework, sensors and tests for more affordable, smart composite fuselage

Brown Machine BMG AR platform offers secure thermoforming data access

Web- and app-based platform supplies customized process data to improve efficiency, reduce downtime and interface with data securely.

Digital design concepts shape next-generation combat aviation

Design processes that typically take months have been completed in days using BAE Systems' digital twin concept when developing the next-generation Tempest aircraft.

Plataine, iSpecc partner, expand U.K. presence

Collaboration enhances Plataine’s footprint in the U.K. advanced manufacturing industry, with a focus on IoT, Industry 4.0 and other AI-based solutions.

WSU-NIAR receives $13.5 million from Air Force for advanced composites research

Additional funding extends NIAR’s Modeling for Affordable, Sustainable Composites (MASC) research program, which will develop technologies to optimize digital twin data.

Automotive

Composites mold manufacturer, BBG, is finalist for Germany’s best toolmaker 2020

Smart molds for Industry 4.0 applications key to its recognition in “Excellence in Production” competition.

Part 2: Applying CT scan data analysis and visualization to composites

Advanced CT-scan analyses can offer deep insight into challenges faced when examining novel composites and hybrid material behavior or performing quality and certification testing. Part two of a two-part series. 

Plataine launches free trial package for Composites Freezer Management software

Composites fabricators can now gain better control and visibility into freezer inventory and monitoring shelf-life. With the free trial, advanced manufacturers will be able to experience the Smart Factory with no upfront cost and zero disruption to production.

Bindatex adopts 4.0 digital technology, increases productivity by 20%

Installation of a cloud-based production data capture system significantly improved the company’s productivity and reduced leadtimes by a quarter.

ATL/AFP

Using sensor data to improve composite parts and processes

nebumind software builds digital twins from manufacturing data to trace defects, compare manufactured parts, qualify processes, develop tolerance windows for process monitoring and more.

Carbon Fibers

Automated aerocomposites production: Liquid molding or welded thermoplastic?

Two materials and process approaches are demonstrated for CFRP bulkhead production.

Applying CT scan data analysis and visualization to composites

Imaging and analysis via computed tomography (CT) has potential for certifiable safety and business sustainability and could be key for interior inspections of composite parts. Part 1 of a two-part series.

Aerospace

Strata adopts 4IR technology to drive expansion

The company leveraged Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology to strengthen core manufacturing capabilities, diversify product portfolio and pivot into new areas of manufacturing.

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